Dick Vance was the program director of KSO from 1958 into the mid 60's and was responsible for launching KSO's Top 40 format and promoting the station to the point of taking KIOA, the other Des Moines Top 40 station to task. Actually, many call it the "War Between the Stations." We will have more biographical data and items from those exciting days at KSO as this site develops.
At this point, we have an exclusive audio interview with Dick by DesMoinesBroadcasting.com's Ray Dennis, recorded on May 23, 2002. Total length about 25 minutes.
Part 1 - Introduction, how it all started and stories about the personalities
Part 2 - The Sweater Girl, how the music was picked and promotions
Part 3 - The news, Big Red, what Dick is doing now and conclusion
Written KSO Music Policy as mentioned by Dick in the interview.
Short Dick Vance aircheck from 1960
KSO "Morning Mayor" jingle that Dick mentions in the interview. plus a jingle used on his 7 to midnight show prior to the station going full time Top 40 in 1958.
KSO Dick Vance jingle used for Dick's nighttime show prior to KSO switching to full time Top 40 in 1958
Another Dick Vance theme jingle - "Everybody in the know" (from Mark Braun)
Read more about Dick Vance and his induction into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame
KSO Music Survey Sheet from November 30, 1962
KSO Sweater Girl. Survey sheet courtesy of Phil Thomas.
KSO "BIG Red" mobile news intros - early 60s
Pictures Provided by Dick Vance
Dick Vance with Walt Reno and Bobbie Mattson
Dick Vance Sitting on 50,000 pounds of ice
Jan and Dean with KSO DJ's at Val Air
Getting ready to scuba dive at Lake Okiboji
Story of KSO Sweater Girl picture
More from Dick Vance's personal picture collection
Dick Vance (Alvin R. Blookburg Jr.) passed away January 9, 2014 at age 88.
Brief History of KSO and KRNT
DesMoinesBroadcasting.com home page There are more KSO memories on the site.